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High Surf, Rip Currents on Tap for South Bay

Current weather conditions will increase the danger of rip currents and sneaker waves, according to the National Weather Service.

FILE PHOTO: High surf. Photo credit Marcus Bockman.
FILE PHOTO: High surf. Photo credit Marcus Bockman.

Beachgoers who plan to take advantage of the sunny weather should use caution when venturing into the ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

In a coastal hazard message and beach hazards statement released Monday afternoon, NWS meteorologists warned of moderate to high surf on west-facing beaches, including many beaches in the South Bay, through Wednesday morning. 

"Elevated surf will cause an increased danger of rip currents, and a risk of sneaker waves, which are capable of washing people into the sea from rocks, jetties and beaches, especially around the time of high tide," meteorologists said.

Four- to 6-foot surf with local sets to 8 feet were expected to build Monday night until waves reached 5- to 7-feet in height, with local sets to 9 feet, on Tuesday.

The surf should gradually subside by Wednesday morning, according to the NWS.

Nevertheless, "an even more energetic westerly swell is expected to overspread the coastal waters later this week," meteorologists said. "As a result, high surf will likely return Friday into Saturday to all exposed west- and northwest-facing shores from San Luis Obispo County to Los Angeles County."

—Compiled with information from City News Service.

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